Federal Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who do not have bachelor’s degrees and who meet criteria set by the U.S. Department of Education. You must file Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for a Pell grant. Your EFC (Estimated Family Contribution), cost of attendance and academic course load determine the amount of Pell Grant for which you are eligible.


Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. You must be Pell eligible to be considered for this award. Due to the limited funding available, not all Pell-eligible students will receive this grant.


TEACH Grant

The TEACH Grant provides awards of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work required to begin a career in teaching. As required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (the sequester law), any TEACH Grant that is first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2017, and before Oct. 1, 2018, must be reduced by 6.6 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible, and any TEACH Grant that is first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2018, and before Oct. 1, 2019, must be reduced by 6.2 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. For example:

  • For any 2018–19 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2017, and before Oct. 1, 2018, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 6.6 percent ($264), resulting in a maximum award of $3,736.
  • For any 2018–19 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2018, and before Oct. 1, 2019, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 6.2 percent ($248), resulting in a maximum award of $3,752.

As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach in a high-need field; at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families; and for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant.

Note: If you do not meet the requirements of your service obligation, all TEACH Grants you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan. You must repay these loans in full, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.